Stealing body parts from the dead is a growing business in the medical field and it’s affiliated industries; coroners, funeral home, hospital morgue to name a few, even dentist have been found to trade in stolen teeth and facial bone.
The laundry list of body parts and the price they bring on the black market is astounding. An eye can bring $5,000; heart $60,000, kidney $20.000, lung $20,000. And in great demand, according to published reports a healthy liver can bring $40,000.
Your dead body may be worth a fortune in spare parts.
Compared to an automobile “grave yard”, the morgue has become a treasure-trove of body parts for the lucrative international business. So much, in fact that this nurse risked her career to steal limbs,
Are you or someone you know preparing for a knee or hip replacement? Ask questions; where do the replacement parts come from? Are they cadaver parts? Do you have a certification they are not diseased? are some of the questions for the surgeon.
The following 2008 story makes ones hair up.
“PHILADELPHIA — A nurse admitted Wednesday he cut body parts from 244 corpses and helped forge paperwork so the parts, some of them diseased, could be used in unsuspecting patients.
Several funeral directors have pleaded guilty in New York, and the accused ringleader Michael Mastromarino, 44, is being held in the case. Three funeral directors in Philadelphia have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Authorities say nurse Lee Cruceta was the lead cutter in a group that trafficked in more than 1,000 stolen body parts for the lucrative transplant market.”
This story is from 2008 Associated Press, but the growing demand for replacement hips, knees, skin for burn victims has created a lucrative business.
It is time that strong laws protect families of the deceased who expect the people they trust to care for their loved one to be ethical professionals just to discover most states have no laws to stop this illegal activity. Those that do have laws to protect the deceased fail to enforce them
- Decades Old Funeral Home Law Deemed Unconstitutional, Professionals Torn (essentialpublicradio.org)
- Undertaker who ‘stole from the dead’ avoids prosecution (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Woman’s body snatched from New Jersey cemetery (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- The Seamy Side Of The Human Tissue Business (wnyc.org)
- Medical Examiners, criminally incompetent and cannot be held responsible (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com)
- Human body parts for sale: life-saving industry or a law breaking international black market? (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com)
- Its cost an arm and a leg! (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com)
- Time for Coroners to Get Out of the Basement Morgue (kimball.typepad.com)
- Who regulates coroner, medical examiners and their facilities? (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com)